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The Electric Push | Transforming the Construction Industry

With the never-ending push to improve our carbon footprint, more and more companies are beginning to offer electric equipment options into their fleets. Electric equipment reserves the same power diesel-powered machines provide with the added benefits of zero emissions, less noise, and cleaner job sites. Companies such as Toyota, JCB, Genie, and more are coming into this new-age era. Below are just a few of the electric machines Hugg & Hall has to offer.

Toyota

Toyota has recently launched a new line of electric forklifts. These forklifts provide clean, emission-free workspaces and are ideally used for indoor projects and warehouses. With five models on their product line, you are sure to find what works best for you.

  • 3-wheel Electric Forklift
    • Ideal for narrow aisles and tight spaces.
  • Core Electric Forklift
    • Compact four-wheel electric lift capable of moving any standard size load while still being able to operate in spaces as small as 11 feet wide.
  • Large Electric Forklift 
    • Capable of lifting 12,000 lbs.
  • Stand-Up Rider Forklift
    • Dock-to-Stock capabilities and ideal for navigating narrow aisles.
  • Electric Pneumatic Forklift
    • Designed for indoor and outdoor applications.

JCB

19C-1E is the first fully electric mini excavator and the first E-TECH machine JCB offers in North America. These machines are ideally suited for construction and excavation operations within enclosed or urban job sites, noise and emission sensitive areas such as hospitals or schools. These machines produce zero exhaust and one-fifth the noise. An on-board charger with standard domestic 110V input for 12-hour recharging. Three lithium-ion batteries create enough power to get through a typical workday on a single charge.

GENIE

Genie has recently released the Z-60 FE fuel-electric, and the Z-60 All Electric articulating boom lift. These machines are ideal for outdoor and indoor operations that require low noise and clean performance. These areas include construction sites, sports arenas, facilities, and challenging pedestrian areas. The Genie boom lifts feature a 135-degree range of motion, allowing workers to quickly and accurately position themselves while the 4WD and full-time active oscillating axles provide traction for gradeability up to 45%. 

 

WACKER NEUSON 

These are cordless, battery powered rammers that are ideal for indoor construction and renovation projects, for use in poorly ventilated areas and sound sensitive areas. Easy to operate with a quick push-button start, the battery is separate from the rammers and can be replaced without any special tools. Wacker Neuson offers two electric models of their Wacker Packer, the AS50e and AS60e. 

 

NIFTY LIFT

The award-winning self-propelled SP50N boom lift can lift two people plus their tools to a platform height of 49ft 6in or a working outreach of 32ft. A 180-degree rotating cage and jib-boom paired with fully proportional multi0function controls deliver remarkable precision when positioning. The SP50N offers two power options, super-efficient battery power or second-generation hybrid power system. These lifts are ideal for indoor use, or a clean, quite operation.

SKYJACK

The Skyjack scissor lift is known for being an industry leader for over a decade. Skyjack lifts are ideal for indoor work. With Skyjack’s color coded and numbered wiring system, these machines are easy to trouble shoot and repair.

 

Employee Spotlight: Holand Purifoy – “The Quote King”

Meet Holand Purifoy!  

Holand is a Product Support Sales Coordinator in our Fort Smith branch and has been a Hugg & Hall employee for 28 years.  He even remembers his first day – April 12, 1993! Holand’s time within our service department has come with several different job titles. 

Starting out as a Shop Foreman, to Dispatcher, a Field Service Manager at Gerdau, on to an Operations Manager to his current position as a Product Support Sales Coordinator; Holand has enjoyed his time the most as a Product Support Sales Coordinator. This position allows him to be outside and interact with customers more often. A typical day for Holand includes compiling, processing, and submitting repair estimates for Hugg & Hall- Fort Smith’s many customers. 

Holand says he “enjoys working with parts, service and the sales departments creating fair repair estimates and a profitable environment for the company.” When asked what Holand’s favorite thing about working for Hugg & Hall was he responded, “I love being able to interact freely with all of the departments where they value my input.”

The Product Support Team in Fort Smith is a well-oiled machine.  After nominating Holand as our employee spotlight, his co-workers James Burgess and Jason Henson excitedly offered their support. James says, “I have had the pleasure of working with Holand for nine years. He was a huge part of my training. He is the best in the world at what he does. His attention to detail is unmatched and can produce a quote for a customer faster than I can turn my computer on.”

“Henson and I get the glory of the sale- we are like the front men of a band, while Holand is the guy on the drums keeping the beat and without him, we’d be just singing karaoke. Holand is great for comic relief and if you don’t believe me, come huddle in our cubicle with him. A fun fact about Holand is that he’s the only human who eats a bag of Cheetos every single day yet has never been seen with orange on his fingers!”  While Jason was hesitant to follow James’ kind words, he said that Burgess hit it dead on. “You could not ask for a better partner to work with on a team- I have referred to Holand as the quote king!”

Holand was born and raised in Camden, AR but currently lives in Van Buren. In his spare time, he likes to travel and “see the many beautiful places this country has to offer.”  Many people may not know that in the past, Holand and his wife fostered children and adopted his two grandsons.  To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Holand says, “We’ve all been there, the end of the rope. What one must remember is, it’s not the fall when you turn it loose that hurts, but it’s the sudden stop when you reach the bottom. Hang on and find a way to get through it and you will never reach the bottom.”

John Parker Retires After 34 Years In Rental

John Parker, long time Rental Coordinator

After 34 years of dedicated service, Hugg & Hall Equipment Company is celebrating the retirement of John Parker!

John has been a central component of the rental team for nearly three decades. The company has grown tremendously since John first started in his role back in 1987, where he worked as the Rental Manager at our original Super Rents location. 

John and Rental Sales Manager, Ben Crone, have spent many years working together. Ben explains, “John is not only one of Hugg & Halls greatest, but a good friend as well.

John alongside Rental Sales Manager, Ben Crone

34 years ago John Hugg hired John Parker to open the first rental department in NWA.  He has been and integral part of the growth and success for the rental department and for the organization as a whole. He’s had a wealth of knowledge in the rental equipment business that he has shared and mentored others over the years and has been a great asset to the Hugg & Hall team! Thank you for your commitment, hard work, and passion you have had to make Hugg & Hall a great success. We love you John.”

Brian Robinson, Director of Rental Market Strategy adds “John Parker is the O.G.! He’s the kind of guy that comes in to work everyday and puts his nose to the grinding stone. His understanding of our industry is second to none. John was and is diligent in everything he does. Dots every I, crosses every T.. Mr. Details– That’s John Parker! Multi-tasker, Juggler, walk the deal through to the end.”

John explained he looks forward to gardening and fishing with all his newfound freedom!

The company would like to send out a huge thank you and congratulations to John Parker and wishes him a very happy retirement. John, you will always be part of the Hugg & Hall family!